Thomas Broadbent and Sons, Limited

Engineer and millwright Thomas Broadbent had established an iron works in 1864.

In 1875, Thomas was granted a patent for the the first ever steam driven hydro extractor.

Following his death in 1880, his widow Ellen continued to run the business.

By January 1885, Ellen's sons William and Horace had come of age and joined the firm, leading to it being renamed Thomas Broadbent & Sons.

It became a private limited company in 1895.

The company's works are situated on Chapel Hill, Huddersfield.


The Basic Industries of Great Britain (1927) by Lord Aberconway:[1]

Thomas Broadbent and Sons of Huddersfield has had continuity of management since its foundation in 1864. Electric cranes of all types, electrical winches and capstans, hauling gears, hand cranes, locomotive steam cranes, and also hydro-extractors are made at the Central Ironworks. The last-named product is extensively used in the textile trade, and this firm has already over 10,000 machines in use. It is the largest maker in the world of hydro-extractors.


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  1. Reproduced from the Grace's Guide web site.